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Hello guys ! I am new to this forum. I am in the process of selling my 2015 corolla to buy a Outback. I have a few used one in mind.

There is a 2006 with 86 000 miles with 3.0 engine

And a few others in the years 2011-2014 with around 60 000 miles.

My question. In the years of 2011-2014 should i go with the 2.5 or the 3.6 ? Fuel economy isnt that big of a deal but i don’t want to pay as much as a pick up truck either lol. Or should i save money and go for the 2006 with only 86000 miles , the car looks brand new only 1 owner

Thanks for your answers !
 

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'17 Outback Limited 3.6R in Venetian Red.
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If fuel economy doesn't matter I'd definitely go with the 3.6. It's extremely smooth and has good torque.

Good luck!
 

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in 2010-14

with the 2.5 you have to deal with the CVT extended warranty, to just 100,000 miles. (all 2015 CVT 2.5 or 3.6 were also subject to that,....and the dealers are glutted with 2015s now).

and the 2013-14 may burn oil.

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whereas: the 2011-14 3.6 has the reliable 5EAT. (the greatest combo ever)

2010 3.6 had some oil problems.


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mpg:

people report the 3.6 to actually be pretty good on highway gas. whereas the 2.5 needs to churn up more and maybe hard to get the listed 29-31mpg the sticker says.

however, any subaru H6 kind of sucks it down when it is idling in traffic, so if you spend lots of time sitting or crawling, you may want economy car / hybrid / electric, to park next to the 3.6.
 

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Yes- 5 forward gears Electronically Assisted Transmission (EAT) -aka ye olde timey conventional automatic
 

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2011 Outback Limited. White, Sunroof, 2.5, CVT. Bought 2/15/11. Love it! Broke 109K, 2/20.
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As the owner of an '11 OB Limited with the 2.5 and CVT that has racked up about 94K on the clock I'd like to chime in that I'd get another one if I were in the market. Are there a few caveats connected to the model? Probably, but there's a list connected to almost any vehicle you can think of in one form or another. We love the car, it's comfortable as heck, it carries 4 adults with now cramping or complaining and the engine/transmission combination works just fine for us. You learn how to drive the car and the CVT does an amazing job of not being known, it just lets the engine speed hit it's proper RPM and then varies the transmission to get you going. Drag race a Vette? Not on your life, but daily driving including highway it never let me down, and i even had my wife passing on uphills after a while.

I cannot speak for any other years or models except with anecdotal information, but I can and will speak highly of my car and its packages.
 
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